The Paintings of Christopher Burk

In the words of the artist Christopher Burk:

The quest for something new, distinctive forms and compositions, found in our exterior environments are the themes that are consistently sought after as the major contributors to my work. The main emphasis showcases the mundane within the landscape, for example, the poetry that happens in the sweeping utility lines along the backdrop of a morning or evening sky with the pinnacles of structures, treetops, telephone poles, and how each interacts with one another within the composition. Taking something so utilitarian for example, like that of a telephone pole with all of its components, on average would be, and usually are, looked upon as something that is less than visually desirable, yet when presented in a unique way this provides one with the tools needed to visually tune into not only their personal environments but also that of the world — therefore, giving viewers the capabilities to find beauty in the simplest of things.

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The following quote by Henry Miller speaks volumes when it comes to embodying the personal philosophy as to what drives me to be an image maker; “What the painter sees he is duty-bound to share. Usually, he makes us see and feel what ordinarily we ignore or are immune to. His manner of approaching the world tells us, in effect, that nothing is hideous, nothing is stale, flat and unpalatable unless it be our own power of vision.”

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